The Bribe by Willa Nash
Duke Evans didn’t expect to interrupt a beautiful woman in a staring contest with a bison on his favorite hiking trail. He also didn’t expect to see her again after rescuing her from the surly beast. As the sheriff in Calamity, Montana, he’s had his fair share of surprises but none as pleasant as pulling over a shiny black car and finding his mysterious hiking companion behind the wheel.
Only, she lied to Duke. She gave him a name as fake as her hair color. According to her driver’s license, her real name is Lucy Ross, the famous country music singer whose sudden disappearance has been a hot topic in the media over the past two weeks.
He’s not sure why Lucy lied about her identity or why she’s in Calamity. And she’s not talking. Instead, she offers him a bribe to keep her secret.
But Duke doesn’t want her money. He wants to know why this woman is on the run. And as long as the star shines on his badge, he’s going to find out.
★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★
Dude. Dude. Duuuuuude. Hello Sheriff Duke Evans!
I'm just going to just jump right in. Read this book! Jiminy Crickets, just read it.
Okay, okay. So, wow. I don't know what to say. This book is full of chemistry, which I wasn't expecting. It has some of sass, which I always welcome. It has a (not so overly) alpha hero, which works in this book. I devoured this book. I didn't want to put it down.
I guess you're probably wondering why not the full five stars with this if I loved it so much. It's the heroine. I liked her enough, but I didn't love her. She was a bit too immature for me. There were times I questioned whether she was even an adult. My indifference towards her did take a little from the book for me.
Now let me jump back in here.... The suspense in this book is very reminiscent of The Coppersmith Farmhouse. I felt like I was back there, in a way. It's hard to explain without putting spoilers in here. Reading this book wasn't just an adventure; it was an experience. I guess you just need to read it to understand what I mean.
I don't really have a lot more to say. Just go read this book. I highly doubt you'll be disappointed.